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Health Psychology MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

This accredited programme explores the application of psychology to promoting health, understanding illness and improving healthcare.

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Overview

Health psychology is an expanding area of global employment with opportunities for graduates in hospitals, universities and community-based organisations. Designed and delivered in collaboration with researchers and practitioners within the field, this course will give you the opportunity to explore the many ways in which psychology can be applied to an understanding of health and illness and to modern healthcare systems.

Most of your studies will take place on campus, but we also incorporate hospital and community-based learning experiences delivered by a team of academic health psychologists, based at DMU, in collaboration with practitioner psychologists working within the NHS. All academic staff contributing to the course are research-active, have presented their research at national and international conferences and published in specialist journals including Social Science and Medicine, Psychology and Health, and Journal of Health Psychology.

There is a significant focus on developing skills that are transferable to a variety of careers and contexts on an international level. The course is designed to improve your understanding in professional areas such as ethics and reflective practice to enhance your employability across a range of health and social care careers. Successful graduates (who already hold a BPS-accredited undergraduate award in Psychology) can progress on to stage two training in Health Psychology in order to attain registration as a practitioner psychologist.

Key features

  • Professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the course has been commended on the quality of student support, the quality of research methods training, links with local communities and services, and the development of inter-professional skills through short placements.
  • Suitable for recent graduates and experienced professionals looking to enhance their specialist skills and career opportunities.
  • Develop your practical and professional skills through multidisciplinary hospital and community-based learning experiences.
  • Benefit from inter-professional learning and develop a range of transferable skills, alongside individuals from a range of backgrounds.
  • Our experienced academic staff and many of our graduates have presented their innovative research at national and international conferences.
  • Enhance your employability across a range of career paths within health and social care.
  • The course also benefits from two distinctive strands, especially pertinent to working as a contemporary health psychologist – social and cultural diversity, and inter-professional relationships. 

“A postgraduate degree helps you to better understand your subject, and also further your knowledge of the career options available to you. My experience at DMU has been really enjoyable. I’ve learnt a lot about the course and what it takes to be a Health Psychologist, and it has helped me decide this is the career I want.”

Nadine Wood, Health Psychology MSc graduate

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Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Start date: September 2021

Duration:
One year full-time, or flexible part-time study over two or three years

Attendance: Two full days per week if you're a full-time student. Variable if you're a part-time student depending on the duration of your studies

You will also be required to attend a one day programme of induction and a one day programme of preparation and skills development for working at postgraduate level. You may be required to attend the University for an interview as part of our selection process. The programme involves a placement which is usually of four consecutive days’ duration. For this week only you will be required to attend outside of standard teaching days.

Location of study: All academic studies take place at De Montfort University Leicester. Standard placements take place within the City of Leicester or county of Leicestershire. Students may be eligible to undertake a comparable placement in another country as part of our DMUglobal programme.

Fees and funding:
For 2021/22 full-time tuition fees will be £6,600. Part-time fees will be £550 per 15 credit taught module

Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship:
Up to 50 per cent off tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU graduates who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Start date: September 2021

Duration: One year full-time

Attendance: Two full days per week if you're a full-time student.

You will also be required to attend a one day programme of induction and a one day programme of preparation and skills development for working at postgraduate level. You may be required to attend the University for an interview as part of our selection process. The programme involves a placement which is usually of four consecutive days’ duration. For this week only you will be required to attend outside of standard teaching days.

Location of study: All academic studies take place at De Montfort University Leicester. Standard placements take place within the City of Leicester or county of Leicestershire. Students may be eligible to undertake a comparable placement in another country as part of our DMUglobal programme.

Fees and funding:
For 2021/22 full-time tuition fees will be £15,100

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Entry criteria

  • Applicants are usually expected to possess (or be predicted to obtain) a First or 2:1 award from a BPS-accredited psychology course. Students with a 2:2 award will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider applications from students with non-Psychology undergraduate awards of 2:1 or above where candidates can justify significant experience in a health context and/or knowledge of health practices, policies and systems
  • You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) disclosure application form (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal records certificate from your home country), before starting the course, which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admission policy
  • Applicants may be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. If you are unable to attend, alternative arrangements may be made

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

 Please note, If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential with no component below 5.5.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise

 

Course modules

The MSc consists of theoretical, work-related and research-based modules which are described below. Please note that ALL modules are compulsory for successful completion of the award and for recognition by the accrediting body. There are no optional modules

  • Theories and Perspectives in Health Psychology (15 credits) - explores the biopsychosocial model of health and evaluates the ways in which lifestyles and health-enhancing and health- compromising behaviours (such as exercise, smoking and alcohol consumption) impact on our well-being
  • Mind, Body and Health (15 credits)- investigates the ways in which mind and body interact to affect health, and also explores the role of personality factors and social support
  • Understanding and Managing Chronic Health Conditions (15 credits) - develops a detailed understanding of how living with a long-term health condition affects the individual, their caregivers and family members
  • Critical and International Perspectives on Health Psychology (15 credits) - integrates psychological and sociological perspectives to develop understanding of health and illness among disadvantaged communities in the UK and around the world
  • Psychology of Health and Food through The Lifespan (15 credits)- focuses on adaptive and maladaptive eating behaviours through the human lifespan
  • Health Psychology in Theory and Contemporary Practice (15 credits) - explores the theoretical perspectives that inform the work of modern day health psychologists and discusses how these are applied in practice. There is a particular focus on working in inter-professional and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis for Applied Psychologists (30 credits) - introduces you to a range of ways of collecting, analysing, and presenting research data
  • Advanced Applied Psychology Dissertation (60 credits) - is an independent research project in a health-related topic area of your choice

Teaching and assessment

Teaching typically includes lectures, group seminars and individual tutorials, You are encouraged to become an independent and proactive learner, and we will recommend reading and electronic resources for independent study to help develop the breadth and depth of your knowledge.

The majority of your studies will take place at the university but we also incorporate hospital and community-based learning experiences on your placement activities. There is a significant focus on developing skills that are transferable to a variety of careers and contexts on an international level.

Learning activities are designed to help you develop your teamwork, presentation and problem-solving skills, plus more traditional academic skills such as synthesis, evaluation and application. We also help you to develop your skills and understanding in professional areas such as ethics and reflective practice.

You will benefit from the support of a personal academic tutor, who you are encouraged to meet with regularly. We also offer a range of additional support services to help you develop the skills required for master’s level study.

Assessment includes project work, essays, critical and systematic literature reviews, problem-based activities, reflective writing and electronic-learning tasks. There is one formal unseen examination. Bespoke guidance materials are provided for all forms of assessment on the course.

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week for a full-time student will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 9 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching 1 hour of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week

Medium group teaching: 4 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: 4 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: 28.5 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outsand online activities.

 

Academic expertise

The Health Psychology course is delivered by a team of academic health psychologists, based at DMU, in collaboration with practitioner psychologists working within the National Health Service.

All academic staff contributing to the course are research-active, have presented their research at national and international conferences and published in specialist journals including:

  • Social Science and Medicine
  • European Eating Disorders Review
  • Journal of Health Psychology
  • European Journal of Cancer Care
  • Appetite

Our research informs our teaching on several modules.

Accreditation

The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society and subject to review on a quinquennial basis.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilities

Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff to ensure that you develop a precise and accurate practical ability in the clinical skills suites.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

Psychology students benefit from access to a suite of research rooms and computer laboratories which are restricted to Psychology undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Psychology Division also provides a wide range of software and equipment to support the development of experimental studies and resources to facilitate the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data - both electronically and in person.

The MSc Health Psychology at DMU provides the opportunity to complete an accredited programme with a distinctive focus on international perspectives, inter-professional policies and practices and in-depth coverage of eating behaviours and problems through the human lifespan.

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Graduate careers

The Health Psychology course is designed to deliver a range of transferable skills and enhance your employability across a range of health and social care careers. Health psychology is an expanding area of global employment, with opportunities for graduates in hospitals, universities and community-based organisations.

Successful graduates can also progress on to doctoral study, including stage two training in Health Psychology or PhD or training to become a psychological well-being practitioner. There are also opportunities in the field of public health (in areas such as smoking cessation, weight management, safer-sex promotion). A full day of annual employability and enhancement events are held in February/March each year.


 

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50% off selected PG courses
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50% off selected PG courses

If you’ve completed an undergraduate degree at DMU, then you can benefit from a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on our postgraduate courses. The discount is available on selected full-time, part-time and distance learning postgraduate courses running across multiple start dates. 

The discount, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK and EU students who are graduating this year or have graduated within the past two years and achieved a 2:1 (or equivalent) or above. Learn more here.

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Postgraduate events

The perfect way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate open evenings or events. Here, you can speak with course academics and current students, discuss fees, learn about your career prospects and tour the campus.

You can also watch and ask questions in one of our postgraduate live streams.

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Research at DMU/Scholarships

The Institute for Psychological Sciences hosts several special interest clusters, including health psychology, cognition and neuroscience, social, personality and culture psychology, and psychology and technology. 

The health psychology cluster is an active and enthusiastic research team with an interest in researching psychological issues relating to health. Our research spans a broad range of areas, from preventative health to chronic health conditions, as well as psychological factors relating to health settings and the professionals who work within them. We use multiple methodologies from both quantitative and qualitative traditions. We have an outward-looking approach to research projects and welcome prospective novel collaborations.

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Case study

“A postgraduate degree helps you to better understand your subject, and also further your knowledge of the career options available to you. My experience at DMU has been really enjoyable. I’ve learnt a lot about the course and what it takes to be a health psychologist, and it has helped me decide this is the career I want.” Nadine Wood, Health Psychology MSc graduate

 
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